March and Wisbech events to help carers know their rights.

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Thousands of people looking after sick or disabled relatives at home may be missing out on vital benefits and support.

Carers can find out more by attending a special Carers Rights Day events organised by Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire.

• Wednesday December 5 we will be at Riverside Surgery, March 10am-3pm.

• Thursday December 6 we will be at North Brink Surgery, Wisbech 10am-3pm. Cambridgeshire County Council’s Carers Support Team will also be with us.

The events will provide a wide range of information for carers including information on Services and Support for Carers, Carers Assessments, Emergency Plans and Breaks for Carers, how to access benefits, and other financial help.

Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire is one of hundreds of groups across the UK who take part in Carers Rights Day, a national awareness day organised by Carers UK. The aim of the day is to inform carers of the rights, benefits and services they are entitled to - including Carer’s Allowance, short breaks to recharge their batteries and technology like telecare to give them peace of mind when they are out of the house.

Helen Brown, Chief Executive of Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire said: “With hundreds of carers in Huntingdonshire, our event will provide vital advice and information to anyone looking after an ill family member to make sure they know their rights to financial and practical support.”

Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: “Two million people take on caring responsibilities for ill or disabled loved ones each year and it often takes months or years for them to be told about the financial and practical support available to them. As a result it is essential that carers are given the advice they need to find financial help and get a helping hand from practical services and technology available to them.”

rers UK have produced an information booklet for carers who want information about their entitlements called Looking After Someone? – A guide to carers’ rights and benefits.

Carers can order copies of the booklets by:

• calling Carers UK’s Adviceline on 0808-808777

• visiting www.carersuk.org

• emailing adviceline@carersuk.org